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Superficially, le Pen sounds just like Aubry.

Quite the opposite: Le Pen says that existing laws are enough (to enforce a ban presumably), while Aubry calls the proposal "inapplicable", "not efficient" (pas d'efficacité) and possibly unconstitutional.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 26th, 2010 at 08:00:08 AM EST
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Aubry talks about law as debated and passed by the legislature (and examined by the Constitutional Court), while Le Pen speaks chillingly of police measures decided without public oversight.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 26th, 2010 at 08:05:27 AM EST
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Speaks volumes, doesn't it?
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 26th, 2010 at 08:20:10 AM EST
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Right, so the PS opposes the ban on expediency grounds, and Le Pen says if you want expediency, just get the police some Kärchers.

As Colman says, the PS's opposition seems predicated either on opposing whatever the UMP is doing, or on implementation (agreeing on the princple), rather than being an opposition of the principle. After all, the PS "strongly, categorically oppose the wearing of the burqa", they just don't think this is the way to go about it.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 26th, 2010 at 08:28:34 AM EST
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Hey, I strongly, categorically oppose the wearing of burqas. (I also strongly, categorically oppose the wearing of blue ties with pink flowers on them.)

But I also strongly, categorically oppose telling people what they can wear on public streets.

Where I can see an issue is in those cases where one has to identify oneself - passport checks, personalised tickets, exams, courts, etc. Courts are probably the most contentious one - anonymous witnesses really are not fitting for a democracy that claims to observe the rule of law.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Jan 26th, 2010 at 09:07:33 AM EST
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